Nov. 14, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team was stunned by cross-town rival San Diego State University, 3-1, Wednesday evening in a non-conference match at Peterson Gym.
With the 23-25, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25 loss, the Toreros fall to 20-6 overall, and their decade-long 10-match winning streak over SDSU comes to an end. With the win, the Aztecs improve to 21-7 overall.
Sandra Lozic led the Torero offense with 18 kills, while also recording 10 digs to post a double-double. Carrie Baird was the only other Torero in double digit kills, as she recorded 10, and was just one dig short of a double-double with nine. Jianna Bonomi led the team with 26 assists, while C'era Oliveira recorded 19 digs to lead the team's defense. As a unit, the Toreros hit .185 for the match.
In the first set, the Aztecs jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead to grab the early momentum. Then an SDSU service error sparked a 4-0 Torero run, that was capped on a SDSU attack error to give USD a 5-4 lead. The two team's then sea sawed back and forth a bit over the next several volley's with each team taking their turn with the lead, and neither team having a lead bigger than three. Then late in the frame, a Katie Hoekman kill knotted the score up a 23-all, but the Aztecs were able to grab the final two points of the frame, to take the first set 25-23.
In the second set, both teams were once again engaged in a close nit competition. With the score knotted at 5-all, a Sandra Lozic kill and a SDSU attack error gave the Toreros a brief 7-5 lead. USD would eventually build up a three-point lead at 10-7 on a Hokeman kill, but the Aztecs then responded with a 6-0 run to take control of the momentum and a 13-10 lead, which forced the Toreros into a timeout. USD would manage to tie things up two more times at 14-all and again at 16-all, but the Aztecs never surrendered the lead, and they took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 win.
In the third set, USD bounced back with a 25-18 win. This time, the Toreros grabbed the early momentum, as a Carrie Baird kill sparked a 5-3 USD run to open the frame. The Aztecs then hung around for a while, and with the score knotted at 8-all, a Lozic kill jump started a 3-0 Torero run to give USD a 11-8 lead, forcing SDSU into a timeout. The Aztecs managed to stay within a few points over the next few volley's until a Lozic kill ignited a 5-2 USD run to give the Toreros some breathing room and a 17-13 lead. USD never looked back as they would eventually build up a lead to as many as seven at 21-14, before cruising in for the 25-18 win to force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, it was a back and forth affair in the early going. Then with the Toreros leading 10-7, the Aztecs put together a 7-3 run to grab back the momentum and take a 14-13 lead. USD would manage to tie the score up two more times at 14-all and 16-all, but did not regain the lead. Then the Aztecs took a 22-18 lead, and the Toreros dug in to attempt a late run. A Baird kill sparked a 3-0 USD run to pull the Toreros to within one, but that is as close as USD would get, as the Aztecs closed out the frame on a 4-0 run to take the match with a 25-21 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they close out the regular-season in a 1 p.m. West Coast Conference championship match against No. 13 Brigham Young University inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.